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The OECD’s Inclusive Innovation Policy Toolkit

Uploaded by RRI Tools on 06 September 2021
Last modified on 06 September 2021

The policy toolkit has been developed as part of the OECD Innovation for Inclusive Growth project

The contents of this toolkit are based on Planes-Satorra, S. and C. Paunov (2017) "Inclusive Innovation Policies: Lessons from International Case Studies", OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers, No. 2017/02, OECD Publishing, Paris.

A practical and interactive guide developed to aid policy makers design and implement effective innovation policies for inclusive growth. It provides a set of examples of inclusive innovation policies implemented in different countries

What are inclusive innovation policies?

Inclusive innovation policies are defined as innovation policies that aim to remove barriers to the participation of under-represented individuals, social groups, firms, sectors and regions in innovation, research and entrepreneurship activities. Their goal is that all segments of society have opportunities to successfully participate in and benefit from innovation. They contribute explicitly to one or more of the following objectives:

How to navigate the toolkit?

The toolkit gathers 33 detailed case studies of inclusive innovation policies from 15 countries as well as two cross-country programmes. This toolkit has been designed to guide you through countries' policy initiatives. You may search policy cases by:

  • inclusiveness type
  • main policy objective
  • type of challenge encountered during policy implementation
  • country

Table of Contents

  • By Inclusiveness Type
    • Social Inclusiveness
      • Gender Policies
      • Policies for Minorities
      • Policies for Lower-income Groups
    • Industrial Inclusiveness
      • Policies for SMEs and Start-Ups
      • Traditional or Strategic Sector Policies
    • Territorial Inclusiveness
      • Regional Policies
      • Local or Community-oriented Policies
  • By Policy Objective
    • Foster the integration of disadvantaged groups
      • Building capabilities for innovation
      • Addressing stereotypes
      • Providing incentives to invest
    • Address barriers to inclusive entrepreneurship
      • Facilitating access to finance
      • Improving access to talent
      • Promoting networks
      • Providing business development support
    • Enhance innovation in lagging regions
      • Accessing global knowledge and technology
      • Maximizing the potential of existing assets
      • Attracting innovative firms to peripheral regions
  • By Implementation Challenge
    • Ensure the involvement of target groups
    • Establish appropriate selection criteria
    • Build capabilities of target groups
    • Build adequate expertise


(*) The policy cases presented in this toolkit informed the OECD report Making Innovation Benefit All: Policies for Inclusive Growth.


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